SpaceX’s attempt to launch a record 143 satellites on a single Falcon 9 rocket was halted Saturday due to inclement weather and the launch was rescheduled for today, Jan. 24.
“Due to inclement weather, we are canceling today’s launch,” the company said in a statement. – Another launch attempt is possible tomorrow, Jan. 24, with a 22-minute window that will open at 10:00 a.m. ET.”
SpaceX had planned to launch the rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch will be the team’s first mission as part of its mission-sharing program – to put 10 Starlink Internet satellites and 133 other small satellites into orbit. In its sharing program, SpaceX allows operators of small satellites to armor some of the payload for Falcon 9 launches.
SpaceX chief of operations Andy Tran said the mission will break the record for the number of satellites launched from a single rocket. Tech Crunch magazine reported Saturday that the previous record was achieved when the Indian Space Research Organization launched a C37 polar satellite launch vehicle in February 2017.